Dinosaur Skeleton Hunt Activity

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Updated on May 21, 2014

Put your dino-lover's puzzle-solving skills to the test with this game that will have her hunting all over for the dinosaur bones hidden at your desired excavation site—be it a classroom, playground, backyard, or around your home. This activity can be done with just your kid or with a whole group of children, and it's tons of fun either way! First kids collect all of the bones, and then use them to recreate the skeletons of dinosaurs that roamed the planet long, long ago.

What You Need:

  • Scissors
  • Internet access
  • Card stock (in two different colors)
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Two teams (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Have your child search the Internet for a large image of a dinosaur skeleton. Print out two copies of the dinosaur skeleton on the two different colored pieces of card stock.
  2. Have your child cut out the pieces. Talk about the different bones and challenge her to imagine what an archeological dig would be like. If it's just you and your kid, have her hunt for both skeletons; but if you want to make this a group activity, have her invite some friends over for the dinosaur bone hunt.
  3. While there's no one around, take the opportunity to hide the various pieces around your "excavation site."
  4. Divide the kids into teams and explain that there are two sets of skeletons printed on two different colors of card stock waiting to be found.
  5. Assign each team a specific color and and tell the kids how many total bones they'll need to find.
  6. Explain to the bone hunters that they must find all of the bones of their skeleton, tape it together on a piece of paper to form a dinosaur (post a picture as an example if you want), and bring it up to you as a group.
  7. The first team to finish the skeleton wins. Or, if you decide to put a time limit on the game, the winning team is the one who has the most pieces of its skeleton assembled when time is up.

Additional Ideas:

Get a handful of small plastic trophies at your local dollar store to offer as a prizes. Try hot gluing a plastic dinosaur to the top of each trophy.

Add a story to the activity to make it livelier. Example: “Many scientists believe that a comet hit earth and dramatically altered the Earth's environment, even triggering an ice age that lead to the dinosaurs' extinction. Imagine if a dinosaur was at ground zero when the comet hit and his skeleton was scattered. Your mission is to find the pieces and put him back together.”

Dino-themed birthday party coming up? This activity is the perfect way to keep the kids occupied.